UK announces $68m for Middle East green projects at COP26

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and UK Minister for the Middle East and North Africa James Cleverly made the announcement at an event during COP26 in Glasgow. (Twitter/@JamesCleverly)
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and UK Minister for the Middle East and North Africa James Cleverly made the announcement at an event during COP26 in Glasgow. (Twitter/@JamesCleverly)
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Updated 03 November 2021

UK announces $68m for Middle East green projects at COP26

UK announces $68m for Middle East green projects at COP26
  • The money will be used to mobilize private sector funds to support work across the MENA region
  • The announcement was made during an event on the second day of the 26th UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow

LONDON: Britain on Tuesday announced $68 million in funding to support energy transition and green infrastructure and growth in the Middle East and North Africa.
The announcement was made by UK Minister for the Middle East and North Africa James Cleverly during an event on the second day of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow.
The funding will go toward the High Impact Partnership on Climate Action (HIPCA), which was launched by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) at the event.
“The EBRD-managed Partnership aims to unleash investments and solutions that reduce or prevent greenhouse gas emissions, strengthen resilience and reduce vulnerability to climate change, and protect the environment,” the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office said in a statement.

The money will be used to mobilize private sector funds to support work across the region, including in Morocco, Algeria, Egypt, Tunisia, Jordan and Lebanon.
“COP26 is not just about realizing the climate commitments of individual governments, it’s about working together to enable all countries to meet global net zero targets and reduce the impacts of climate change,” Cleverly said. “To do this we must unlock public and private investment and push for innovative and green solutions.”
The EBRD’s new HIPCA partnership has been developed in collaboration with the UK, Austria, Finland, Netherlands, Switzerland, and the Taiwan International Cooperation and Development Fund.